London: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt denied ever asking Mohammad Asif or Mohammad Amir to cheat and bowl pre-planned no-balls, a court heard on Friday during the eighth day of the alleged spot-fixing trial in London. (Also read: Salman never pressurised me to bowl no-balls: Asif)
"There's no way I could tell Amir or Asif (to cheat)," Butt said in a police interview played to the court. "They are the two players that most teams would want to have. When we pick our team those are the first two names that we have to write."
The jury at Southwark Crown Court heard a transcript of police interviews with Butt in September last year, shortly after the publication of an undercover investigation into alleged corruption by the Pakistan cricketers and Mazhar Majeed, released in the News of the World.